PIUG Presentation: GENE or GENUS? Genetic Sequence Motifs and Their Influence on Patentability

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by Kris Atkinson   [ updated Jun 6, 2016, 6:46 PM ]

PIUG Presentation: GENE or GENUS?  Genetic Sequence Motifs and Their Influence on Patentability  Presented at PIUG Annual Meeting, Vancouver WA May 23, 2016.  The profound effect of Supreme Court rulings on the character of what constitutes patentable subject matter has opened a labyrinth of complex factors, leading to IP reassessment and new R&D directions.  As genetic engineering evolves toward more careful handling of natural sequences in response to the pivotal patentability decisions on products of nature, the issue of genetic motifs will become an increasing focus of interest. This presentation examines what gene motifs are and how to identify them, the motivation to exploit them, and the pitfalls arising from literal chemical sequence alignment.  We will survey computer tools that may be used for parsing and analyzing motifs, and look at how motifs are described, considering their relationship with obviousness, prior art and genus/species claims.

The full presentation is available to PIUG members at their website,